• Randall & Quilter Legends of Squash 2014 • 08-12 April • Bermuda •  

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 TODAY at the Bermuda Legends
Sat 12th, FINALS DAY:

Extra: Jonathan Power bt Peter Nicol 11-4

A last minute addition to the evening’s schedule, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser, event director Patrick Foster said it best when he introduced these two players as “the most iconic rivalry in the history of the game”. ‎

Both players were there to play and put on a show. The match was quick, consisting of only one sudden death game, but included memorable moments such as Nicol’s"good effort to clear" (as declared by the referee) on a shot that landed high between his legs, (Power was awarded the stroke, putting him in the lead at 7-1) and again when Power got caught up with Nicol, asking for a let, explaining that the audience and referee might have missed it as it all went down in "lightning speed".

The ref responded in turn with "well it used to be…"Nicol struggled to regain his footing at 2-8 and while he did seem to be gaining ground (4-8 Nicol), in the end he cranked the ball into the tin. So Power took the first... and only game. As he put it in the post-match interview: "one I'll be tallying in the head-to-head of our rivalry".

Doubles: Nick Kyme & Patrick Foster bt  Lee Beachill & John White 11-10

A night of surprises, super legends LeeBeachill and John White teamed up to face off against a Bermudian based team consisting of Nick Kyme and a special guest - the tournament’s very own director - Patrick Foster‎!

It was everything you could expect from four large men contained within one small box. You can do the math but as expected it equaled nothing but pure entertainment. During the first game Lee Beachill, stepping into a coaching role mid-rally, noted the tin as a source of potential error for the Bermudians. Always full of inspiring chat, Beachillthen took a beer break mid-rally(score: 4-3), declaring to the audience "I can't play with him (John White)".

Not to be outdone, White took the subsequent rally off, followed seconds later by opponentKyme, leaving Foster and Beachill to battle it out solo. The rally continued with all players (with the exception of Foster) taking multiple breaks to quench their thirst with brewed beverages. White - mid-rally – started an impromptu lesson with Kyme, a move that may have ultimately been his undoing. The game became at times physical, with White having to hold back Foster to delay his ability to get to the ball.

At 10-all, the referee proclaimed“sudden death!” Kyme served and White smoked the ball into the tin. The crowd went wild. Bermuda wins! Bermuda wins!

Most memorable quote had to go to White and the referee:
"Why is that a let?" - White
"Because I have no idea who was hitting the ball"‎ - Referee

Final: David Palmer bt Thierry Lincou 8-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 1-0

In the main event of the night, the format was to be played best out of 5 games, but with the caveat that if the match went to a fifth and deciding game, the two would only play one point to decidethe title. Both Palmer and Lincou came to win, but only one would hoist the trophy to become THE legend of all legends.

Lincou took the first point with a tight drive. Palmer answered with an unreachable forehand cross. Both known for their fitness, this was natural selection at its finest. It quickly became apparent that though both had shown up to win, neither had lost their sense of humor in the process. This match would prove a joy to watch for the packed audience of squash enthusiasts. Lincou took the first 11-8.

The second game opened with a rally that set the tone of the game, and left the audience in awe, if not breathless on behalf of the players involved. Endurance was the name of the game with both players only becoming more precise in their movement and placement on court. A memorable moment came when Lincou asked for a let, calling interference on his own foot/shoe. The referee called“no let”to which Palmer exclaimed: "Good, a ref of less experience might have fallen for that!" Palmer took the second, 11-5.

‎The third game showcased both players’ strengths, ability and again, humor. Both battled to outdo the other, dropping shot after shot into the nick. At one point, Palmer left to change his racket, and a young audience member lent a hand to warm up his new racket. The additional rest didn’t prove enough however, with Palmer losing the game 11-7.

The fourth game had Palmer in the lead early on, but Lincou was quick on his feet and worked hard to push Palmer to his limits. In the end, it was Lincou who placed the final ball into the tin, and Palmer tied up the match, 2-2.

‎In the end, the match culminated in sudden death, one rally takes it all, fashion. Expecting a long, attritional rally, Lincou surprised everyone by going for it in the first three shots and hitting a ridiculously tight length that forced Palmerto hit a loose shot down the middle, affording Lincou the opportunity to take the win by stroke. He immediately threw up his hands in victory… but no!

The ref called“let ball” giving Palmer a reprieve (to the audience’s great delight!) Palmer quickly took advantage of his good fortune, looking to end the match with a nick that rolled out, but Lincou calleda dubious let.Although it was a clear winner and very little interference was there, the referee -in an unprecedented move - called for the point to be replayed.

Palmer re-enacted the previous point driving home the ball, and his point, to finish it all with a beautiful smash directly into the nick! Palmer defeated Lincou 1-0 to take the 2014 Bermuda Legends Title.


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